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Water Justice in the Americas Symposium

July 20 and 21, 2023

Organised by The Splash Project with Minority Rights Group, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mérida and Centro Bahá’i de Mérida.


This event is organised to celebrate the launch of the Minority and Indigenous Trends 2023 Report: Focus on Water, produced by Minority Rights Group (MRG).

The volume includes case studies from 40 nations from across the globe and explores various water-related themes as they intersect with the rights of minorities and indigenous people, including the themes of access, drought, flood, pollution, usage, sanitation and governance, among others.

The report also includes a set of recommendations for governments and relevant organisations as well as a pledge drafted in collaboration with the World People’s Forum on Water and Drought as part of the United Nations Water Conference 2023.

This symposium will feature interventions by:

Aldo Benitez, environmental journalist, Paraguay.

Monica Coc Magnusson, Q’eqchi Maya human rights lawyer, Belize.

Angelica Ricaurte Villalobos, human rights campaigner, Minority Rights Group, Colombia.

Magdalena Rojo, independent journalist, Mexico.

Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova, The Splash Project, Mexico/USA.

Nicolas Salazar Sutil, Commissioning Editor, Minority Rights Group, Chile/UK.

Shodona Kettle, Researcher, University College London UK/Ecuador.

Xavier Moya, Coordinator of the Disaster Prevention Program, UNDP, Mexico.

Sergio Coronado Martinez, member of Bahá’I community, Mérida, Mexico.


The first day will be a closed session held at UNDP.  The second day will be an open session for a maximum of 30 people held at Centro Bahá’i de Mérida.

In discussing these critical themes, the site selection of Mérida city is ideal for its vibrant cultural history, particularly its Maaya heritage– containing Mexico’s largest indigenous population.


Mérida Venues

Centro Bahá'i

Contact: Sergio Coronado Martinez, +52-999-955-1518

Address: C. 43 #500, Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc.


UNDP Mérida

Contact: Xavier Moya, +52 999-960-0699

Address: C. 25 187D, García Ginerés, 97070 Mérida, Yuc.

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